Mexico begins polling stations in the most massive elections in its history

The National Electoral Institute of Mexico (INE) this Sunday at 6:00 p.m. (local time) the beginning of the polling station closure of the most massive elections in the history of the Latin American country after a day soaked in the violence that marked the election campaign.

In relation to election day this Sunday, according to “El Universal” in the municipality of Valle de Chalco in the state of Mexico, at least two people were injured in a brawl and attacks with smoke bombs were recorded.

The same media outlets have gathered that several people in the city of Tuxtepec, Cuenca del Papaloapan state, attacked three people allegedly to buy votes and that 33 men were arrested for carrying metal pipes and sticks in Naucalpan when they were going to cast your vote. These were presented to the State Attorney General of Mexico, where an investigation has been opened.

Mexico begins polling stations in the most massive elections in its history
Mexico begins polling stations in the most massive elections in its history

Also hours before the Complaints and Appeals Commission of the National Electoral Institute of Mexico (INE) approved precautionary measures against Cardinal Juan Sandoval Íñiguez for broadcasting a video calling for people to vote “against those in government”, which a violation of Article 130 of the Constitution.

The National Electoral Institute (INE) has stated that an hour before the ballot box began, 99.05 percent of the country’s 162,570 polling stations were installed. For its part, the INE electoral adviser has indicated that the balance sheet for the day is a priori positive.

In his speech at the opening ceremony of election day, the President of the National Electoral Institute (INE), Lorenzo Córdova, demanded that “polarization and intolerance” not discourage participation in the elections.

On the other hand, the judges of the electoral court of the Federal Justice Administration (TEPJF) thought with a minute’s silence of the candidates killed in the current election process and the victims of COVID-19.

The head of the Special Prosecutor’s Office for Election Crimes of Mexico (FISEL), José Agustín Ortiz Pinchetti, reported earlier that morning that 12 complaints of federal electoral crimes had been reported, highlighting “the large number of voters despite the targeted incidents” which occurred in different states of the Country were registered “.

“This influx phenomenon is the most interesting thing I can tell you, and I see it in connection with something called trust. People go to the polls because they feel they will not be fooled, that the outcome is unpredictable and that there is democratic uncertainty, “he said in a statement.

The Mexican President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has called for voting “without fear and in peace”, while the opposition has denounced the excessive use of institutional channels to draw attention to the campaign as the president in Mexico is obliged to be neutral in the election campaign.

More than 21,000 popularly elected offices are at stake this Sunday, including 500 federal deputies; 15 governor posts; 1,063 positions at local conventions; 17,000 in town halls; and more than 1,900 mayoral elections which perceived the greatest risk to the candidates.

Since September there have been around 800 attacks on Mexican politicians in the election campaign for this Sunday, including murders, kidnappings, kidnappings and threats. 167 of them ended in deaths, according to the Integralia study cited by the Mexican newspaper “La Razón”.

According to another consultancy, Etellekt, 782 attacks on politicians and candidates were recorded, slightly more than the 774 attacks in the 2018 elections, of which 518 were candidates and candidates. The most common aggression is threats, of which 278 have been reported, and the state with the most aggression is Veracruz with 117, according to Etellekt Veracruz.

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